Ravens vs. Steelers Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 5 Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Oct 01, 2019

Lamar Jackson, Ravens, 2019

After a brilliant start to the season, Lamar Jackson has come back down to earth in a major way in back-to-back losses to the Kansas Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. The Ravens open this game as short favourites on the road.

Baltimore
14-2
AT
October 06, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Heinz Field
Pointspread -3 -120
Moneyline -176
Over / Under o +44

73%

Betting Action

27%

Pointspread +3 +100
Moneyline +147
Over / Under u +44

73%

Betting Action

27%

The Pittsburgh Steelers finally got in to the win column with a 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. Now they will turn the page and look to build off of it against a much tougher AFC North rival when they host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon.

The Ravens have given up over 500 yards of offense in back-to-back games. Can they plug the leaks and contain the Steelers?

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Ravens have struggled against the spread early on this season with a 1-3 record. Baltimore is just 1-7 against the spread in its past eight games against division rivals, including last week’s loss to Cleveland. The Ravens are just 3-5 straight up in those contests.

Meanwhile, two of Pittsburgh’s first three losses this season were by four points or less. The Steelers are 15-3 straight up against AFC North opponents at Heinz Field dating back to 2013. Pittsburgh is also now 2-2 against the spread this season.

Baltimore Ravens

After a brilliant start to the season, Lamar Jackson has come back down to earth in a major way in back-to-back losses to the Kansas Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. Jackson threw for over 600 yards and seven touchdowns in his first two games and also ran for 126 yards on the ground. He’s since been held to under 270 passing yards in each of his last two games with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Of note, his throws downfield are a big concern as he’s completing under 40% of his throws of 10 or more yards over the last two weeks. That’s a huge drop from the downfield dimes he was dropping in the first two weeks.

On defense, Baltimore has struggled without cornerback Jimmy Smith in the lineup. Remember, this unit lost a lot in the offseason with C.J. Mosley, Za’Darius Smith, Terrell Suggs and Eric Weddle leaving. Against two good offenses the last two weeks, this unit has been exposed. We’ll see if they can handle the Steelers, who are running a very conservative offense these days.

Pittsburgh Steelers

As bad as things looked through the first three weeks of the season, Week 4 was somewhat of a relief for Steelers fans. Mason Rudolph completed 24-of-28 pass attempts for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Pittsburgh also got a massive effort out of both James Connor and Jaylen Samuels, who combined for over 200 total yards between them. With Rudolph and the passing attack somewhat limited to short dump-offs, it won’t be a surprise if the Steelers go back to that tandem of Connor and Samuels again – especially after the Ravens were gashed on the ground for 165 yards by Nick Chubb last week.

The Steelers have the better of the two defenses and it’s a unit that’s really starting to come together. First-round pick Devin Bush shined last week and cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is fitting in well. If they can turn this into a low-scoring, grind-it-out type of slugfest, they’ll have a shot on Sunday

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